Sunday, June 16, 2024

Record #0702: Wear My Ring Around Your Neck / Doncha’ Think It’s Time – ELVIS PRESLEY

RCA Victor 47-7240 (original) USA, 1. April 1958
Words & Music by:  Side A – Bert Carroll, Russell Moody; Side BClyde Otis, Willie Dixon
Musicians: Elvis Presley (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), Scotty Moore (lead guitar), Bill Black (bass), Hilmer “Tiny” Timbrell (guitar), D.J. Fontana (drums), Dudley Brooks (piano), The Jordanaires (backing vocals)
Recording sessions: Produced by Steve Sholes at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA, on 1. February 1958
Highest chart positions:  Side A - US #2, US R&B #1, US Country #3, Canada #1, UK #3; Side B - US #15, US R&B #10, Canada #10

Elvis and the band did 48 takes for the flip side. The first 38 takes were done around midnight on 23. January 1958.
The flip was co-written by a Chicago blues legend, Willie Dixon, who played with Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and Little Walter in the 50’s and wrote classics like “Spoonful”, “Little Red Rooster” and “My Babe”.

Elvis was recording the soundtrack for the film “King Creole” in January and February 1958, but these two tracks were not included there.

List price:  Very Good+ is $12,50, Near Mint is $25. Picture sleeve VG+ is $45, NM is $90.

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